County News

September 11, 2020

Mark your calendars.... More info coming!

September 11, 2020

Stay tuned for more info coming!

September 10, 2020

Waterloo - The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Iowa’s economy in various ways — some predictable, others not so much. Three experienced economists recently shared their observations on COVID-19 impacts on the “Back to Business Iowa” ( podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more...

August 31, 2020

Yes, very proud of our Black Hawk County 4-her's again this year! 560 pounds of fresh chicken meat donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! So since 2013 over 3 TONS has been given! 

August 27, 2020

Child Care Decisions during Covid-19

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August 27, 2020

Stop by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach office in Waterloo at 3420 University Avenue, Suite B to pick up free gardening seeds perfect to sow and grow yet this year. The office is open Monday – Friday 8:00am -4:30pm. Call 319-234-6811

August 24, 2020

Future Care Planning

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Thursday, 10/1/20 10:00 AM - Thursday, 10/8/20 11:30 AM

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August 19, 2020

Thank You to Jill Weber, Human Sciences Specialist, for teaching Extension, Food Corps and NFNEP staff the safe and correct way to can salsa! And for sharing her home for the class. For questions you can contact Jill at:

It is important to use a tested or researched based recipe when canning homemade salsa.

The reason being, the ratio of low acid vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic) to acid (lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar) has not been tested in a non-research based recipe. Recipes that have been tested will have enough acid to prevent the growth of the botulism bacteria and provide a safe product that everyone can enjoy straight from the canning jar. View the TEST Salsa Recipe here: Recipe from National Center for Home Food Preservation 
Another great resource: Iowa StateExtension and Outreach Brochure, Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning and Freezing: Tomatoes PM638            See more instructions here:

August 18, 2020

Issues Impacting Iowa Farmland Owners and Tenants for 2021

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August 17, 2020

Soil Testing Resources - Information on how to take a soil sample in your lawn or garden. Click Here!

August 15, 2020

See the tested and researched Apple Recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Thanks to Jill Weber for sharing her demonstration. See recipes here!

August 14, 2020

Bart & Amy Samuelson to Be Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Bart & Amy Samuelson of La Porte City will be inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.

Two ceremonies will be streamed online to recognize this year’s honorees. Bart & Amy will be recognized during the 1:30 p.m. event. Visit on the day of the ceremony to locate the online event.  Read more about Bart and Amy!

July 17, 2020

See all the entries and how they placed as they come in!

June 3, 2020


Learn more about this opportunity virtually! No engineering experience required! You will gain an overview of FLL and FLL Jr. (now know as  FIRST LEGO League Challenge and FIRST LEGO League Explore.) Discover what coaching requires, learn how to get involved and be introduced to the main parts of the programs. Open to anyone interested in mentoring youth. Please read more!

June 2, 2020

Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for ‘Healthy and Homemade’ meals while saving money and time in the kitchen. 

Many of us are preparing and eating more meals at home. Spending more time in the kitchen than you prefer? Spending more money at the grocery store too?

Learn strategies to manage your time and budget in the kitchen. These tried and true strategies are not only useful during a pandemic, but all the time! Who does not want to serve great-tasting, nutritious meals that do not require a lot of time or money?

Learn more about the 10 - 15 minute Quickinars!

May 26, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach is hosting a Babysitting Basics Program virtually at no charge for students 5th-12th grade. To receive a program certificate, participants view the self-learning materials and videos, participate in one group learning session through WebEx, and complete a babysitting quiz. LEARN MORE HERE!

May 20, 2020

Congratulations Ellie Brown!, Yes we know her as Ellie! Her plans are to attend Iowa State University and take Pre-Med. Then transfer to Allen College of Nursing! 


Congratulation Ellie Magee! Yes we call her Ellie too! Her plans are to attend Iowa State University and major in Animal Ecology!

Awesome Job Girls!

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